gunners, walcott at etihad

Arsenal’s lead at the top of Premier league was cut short after some pouring action at the Etihad stadium ended in a 6-3 defeat.

The scoreline may tell you otherwise but in all fairness, for a side which had been handed little time for preparation after the Napoli trip, the Gunners did manage to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City today.

Through a pair of Walcott strikes on either side of going behind 1-0 and then 3-1, Arsenal made quite a contest of this one. But their undoing was some defensive lapses against a side well known to be rampant, before a tired show in the dying minutes of the game made the damage look worse.

Still top of the table though, Arsenal’s confidence should not suffer too much damage.

Arsene Wenger was in his usual defiant mood at full-time but after watching his side score three at the Etihad and still fail to even snatch a point, the Gunners’ defending had to take some blame.

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“It is not beyond a bad day, it is a bad day. We conceded six goals, we lost our discipline at end and were too open when I took Flamini off.” Wenger said.

“Out of the six goals we gave them five and when we came back to 2-1, we had a chance but could not take it.

“They scored the goals and you cannot say they did not deserve them. We have to come back to reality and it’s about us defending together and we have not done that today.”